These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Illinois For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Illinois have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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Are you trying to find love in Illinois?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we’ve got you covered here. At least, we’ll point you in the right direction – which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we’re all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in Illinois, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Prairie State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren’t married, or in a serious relationship. That’s great news for people looking for their match.

So, where are the best cities for singles in Illinois? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities for singles in Illinois. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Urbana (Photos)
  2. Chicago (Photos)
  3. Champaign (Photos)
  4. Carbondale (Photos)
  5. Blue Island (Photos)
  6. Chicago Ridge
  7. DeKalb (Photos)
  8. Midlothian
  9. Melrose Park (Photos)
  10. Macomb (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you’re single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin’.

The most boring place in Illinois? That would be Campton Hills.

And after you find a mate, you’ll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don’t forget to check out the best places to live in Illinois or the safest places to live in Illinois.

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How do you determine which city is best for singles in Illinois anyways?

To give you the places in Illinois which are best for singles to find one another, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what single people like.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Prairie State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2011-2015 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of Illinois, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that’s male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Illinois, that meant a total of 217 cities.

Read on to see why Urbana is the talk of the town while Campton Hills is probably a bit on the boring side.

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1. Urbana

Urbana, Il

Source: Public domain

Population: 41,941
Median Age: 24.0
Married households: 27.9%
Households with kids: 18.5%
Urbana /rbæn/ is a city in and the county seat of Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The population was 41,250 at the 2010 census. Urbana is the tenth-most populous city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area.

2. Chicago

Chicago, Il

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,714,017
Median Age: 33.9
Married households: 32.7%
Households with kids: 28.2%
Chicago (/ko/ ( listen) or /ko/), officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. It is the county seat of Cook County. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10 million people and is the third-largest in the United States. Chicago has often been called a global architecture capital and is considered one of the most important business centers in the world.

3. Champaign

Champaign, Il

Population: 84,672
Median Age: 27.5
Married households: 35.3%
Households with kids: 21.8%
Champaign (English: /æmpen/) is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The city is 135 miles (217 km) south of Chicago, 124 miles (200 km) west of Indianapolis, Indiana, and 178 mi (286 km) northeast of St. Louis, Missouri. The United States Census Bureau estimates the city was home to 84,513 people as of July 1, 2014. Champaign is the tenth-most populous city in Illinois, and the state’s fourth-most populous city outside the Chicago metropolitan area.

4. Carbondale

Carbondale, Il

Population: 26,066
Median Age: 23.8
Married households: 23.6%
Households with kids: 17.4%
Carbondale is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States, within the Southern Illinois region informally known as ‘Little Egypt.’ The city developed from 1853 because of the stimulation of railroad construction into the area. Today the major roadways of Illinois Route 13 and U.S. Route 51 intersect in the city. The city is 96 miles (154 km) southeast of St. Louis, Missouri, on the northern edge of the Shawnee National Forest. Carbondale is the home of the main campus of Southern Illinois University.

5. Blue Island

Blue Island, Il

Population: 22,446
Median Age: 36.4
Married households: 31.4%
Households with kids: 33.4%
Blue Island is a city in Cook County, Illinois, located approximately 16 miles (26 km) south of Chicago’s Loop. Blue Island is adjacent to the city of Chicago and shares its northern boundary with that city’s Morgan Park neighborhood. The population was 23,706 at the 2010 United States Census.

6. Chicago Ridge

Chicago Ridge, Il

Population: 14,368
Median Age: 32.8
Married households: 45.8%
Households with kids: 36.2%
Chicago Ridge is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 14,305 at the 2010 census.

7. Dekalb

Dekalb, Il

Source: Wikipedia User |

Population: 43,269
Median Age: 24.5
Married households: 34.9%
Households with kids: 27.4%
DeKalb /dkælb/ is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. The population was 43,862 according to the 2010 census, up from 39,018 at the 2000 census. The city is named after decorated German war hero Johann de Kalb, who died during the American Revolutionary War.

8. Midlothian

Midlothian, Il

Population: 14,830
Median Age: 37.1
Married households: 47.8%
Households with kids: 32.7%

9. Melrose Park

Melrose Park, Il

Population: 25,422
Median Age: 32.6
Married households: 42.9%
Households with kids: 45.1%
Melrose Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is a suburb of Chicago,14 miles by road. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 25,411. Melrose Park had long been home to a large Italian-American population, but is now overwhelmingly Hispanic, based on US Census data.

10. Macomb

Macomb, Il

Population: 18,771
Median Age: 24.2
Married households: 35.7%
Households with kids: 22.5%
Macomb /mkom/ is a city in and the county seat of McDonough County, Illinois, United States. It is situated in western Illinois, southwest of Galesburg. The city is about 75 miles southwest of Peoria and 77 miles south of the Quad Cities. A special census held in 2014 placed the city’s population at 21,516. Macomb is the home of Western Illinois University.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in Illinois

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Illinois ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the most boring cities in Illinois according to the data:

  1. Campton Hills
  2. Frankfort
  3. Barrington

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Illinois

City Rank Population Median Age
Urbana 1 41,941 24.0
Chicago 2 2,714,017 33.9
Champaign 3 84,672 27.5
Carbondale 4 26,066 23.8
Blue Island 5 22,446 36.4
Chicago Ridge 6 14,368 32.8
Dekalb 7 43,269 24.5
Midlothian 8 14,830 37.1
Melrose Park 9 25,422 32.6
Macomb 10 18,771 24.2
Glendale Heights 11 34,395 33.4
Charleston 12 21,257 24.8
Wheeling 13 38,008 36.4
Kankakee 14 26,424 34.4
Evanston 15 75,472 35.3
Lisle 16 22,989 37.3
Palatine 17 69,098 37.5
Forest Park 18 14,137 38.8
Waukegan 19 88,159 31.3
Danville 20 32,030 36.7
Worth 21 10,776 38.8
Harvey 22 25,625 35.4
Normal 23 54,534 23.9
Berwyn 24 56,414 34.5
Woodridge 25 33,331 37.7
Bloomington 26 78,368 34.4
Lyons 27 10,571 35.6
River Grove 28 10,248 39.2
Cicero 29 83,972 28.7
Country Club Hills 30 16,794 38.0
Schiller Park 31 11,813 38.6
Collinsville 32 24,855 37.6
Northlake 33 12,339 33.9
Addison 34 37,192 35.1
Peoria 35 115,990 34.1
Burbank 36 29,087 37.6
Rockford 37 149,597 36.0
Pekin 38 34,003 38.5
Bradley 39 15,668 33.9
Moline 40 42,805 39.3
Jacksonville 41 19,042 37.6
Schaumburg 42 74,366 37.7
Oak Lawn 43 56,774 40.8
Maywood 44 24,029 33.6
Hickory Hills 45 13,858 38.9
Riverdale 46 13,047 35.0
Des Plaines 47 58,755 42.7
Bensenville 48 18,431 35.5
Rolling Meadows 49 23,377 37.7
Aurora 50 200,907 32.0
Dolton 51 23,113 36.2
Sycamore 52 17,611 35.3
Rock Island 53 38,647 36.5
Sterling 54 15,071 37.6
Chicago Heights 55 30,349 34.0
Hanover Park 56 38,331 33.9
Lombard 57 44,025 39.1
Carol Stream 58 40,228 37.7
Oak Park 59 51,989 39.1
Justice 60 12,957 31.1
Galesburg 61 31,469 39.6
Effingham 62 12,650 36.7
Prospect Heights 63 16,331 38.1
Carpentersville 64 38,275 30.3
La Grange Park 65 13,596 41.5
Bellwood 66 19,146 35.7
Summit 67 11,409 30.2
Streator 68 13,163 39.1
Belleville 69 42,729 37.1
Alsip 70 19,335 33.4
Wheaton 71 53,568 38.0
Mount Prospect 72 54,552 39.5
Springfield 73 116,745 38.6
East St. Louis 74 26,731 34.2
Hazel Crest 75 13,924 39.6
Warrenville 76 13,415 37.2
Kewanee 77 12,755 38.6
Park Forest 78 21,831 38.2
Elgin 79 111,919 33.6
Wauconda 80 13,549 36.5
Woodstock 81 25,232 35.1
East Moline 82 21,394 38.5
Elmwood Park 83 24,845 40.5
Zion 84 24,195 32.7
Westmont 85 25,149 41.9
Oak Forest 86 28,055 40.4
Villa Park 87 21,977 37.7
Mattoon 88 17,399 39.6
Markham 89 12,633 37.7
Richton Park 90 13,668 39.1
North Chicago 91 30,023 24.0
Mundelein 92 31,550 37.2
Arlington Heights 93 75,721 43.7
Crestwood 94 10,989 47.2
Tinley Park 95 57,125 39.6
Plano 96 11,929 32.0
Loves Park 97 24,499 38.2
Rantoul 98 13,238 31.8
Niles 99 29,628 48.7
Alton 100 27,175 37.5

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